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European Commission president to attend EU-Ukraine summit

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SIMFEROPOL, September 11 (RIA Novosti) - Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, will attend an EU-Ukraine summit to be held in Kiev Friday, the Ukrainian foreign minister said Tuesday.

"The European Union will not abstain from the summit, which is a good political signal," Arseniy Yatsenyuk told at a news conference in Simferopol, on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, adding that "the EU will send top-ranking officials."

The Ukrainian diplomat said his country had signed visa facilitation and readmission agreements with the EU, and held four rounds of negotiations on a new Enhanced Agreement, which "paves the way for a deeper integration into the European Union."

At a meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko March 8, the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy, Benita Ferrero Waldner, announced that the European Commission would provide a substantial increase in financial assistance to Ukraine in the next four years.

She said 494 million euros should be available in 2007-2010 to support the reform process and the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Action Plan.

Barroso and Yushchenko last met in April 2007.

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